sublimation

Cultural Dictionary
sublimation [(sub-luh-may-shuhn)]

In Freudian psychology, a defense mechanism by which the individual satisfies a socially prohibited instinctive drive (usually sexual or aggressive) through the substitution of socially acceptable behavior. For example, someone with strong sexual drives who paints nude portraits may be engaging in sublimation.

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Cultural Dictionary
sublimation [(sub-luh-may-shuhn)]

In chemistry, the direct conversion of a solid into a gas, without passage through a liquid stage. (See phases of matter.)

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